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Quirky Outdoor Fall Decorating with Pumpkins and Squash

Whether it’s from family trips to the pumpkin patch, carving pumpkins into Jack-o-Lanterns, or warming up with a pumpkin spice latte, pumpkins have nestled their way into being a romantic part of fall nostalgia. The excitement for pumpkin season perhaps helps to soothe the loss of summer warmth. I love to spend many fall days outdoors, and if there is a farm, pumpkin patch, or outdoor market within driving distance, you know I will be there. Thankfully, there are people out there as excited about the season as I am, and they celebrate it with some quirky fall decorating with pumpkins and

Pumpkins do not need much to spice up a space. A few set on your doorstep is enough to welcome the cooler weather. Add a couple of small pumpkins to your dining table or fireplace mantle and you have a magazine-worthy table setting with no effort. But Garden Therapy is about getting outside to play, enjoy the crisp air, and connect with nature. So forget those elegant, designer-styled magazine pictures and let’s get a bit silly with pumpkins!

Quirky Fall Decorating with Pumpkins and Squash

Since pumpkins and squash are the stars of the season, why not display them in frames? These wood frames are adorned with junk finds like old knobs and cutlery and set on easels out in the garden.squash-framed-outddor-art-quirky-fall-decorating-with-pumpkins

Wagon wheels and wood ladders are also suitable for outdoor fall decorating with pumpkins and squash. Don’t forget to hang some from the trees!wagon-wheel-outdoor-quirky-fall-decorating-with-pumpkins


Vintage farm machinery looks dressed up for fall when surrounded by orange pumpkins… quirky-fall-decorating-with-pumpkins-and-squashvintage-farm-machinery-quirky-fall-decorating-with-pumpkins

…and a weird, pink, warty squash.weird-pink-warty-squash-quirky-fall-decorating-with-pumpkins

If you have a large harvest, use pumpkins to line the garden beds. It will allow them to cure in the garden while dressing up the place. line-the-garden-with-pumpkinsThese pumpkins were photographed at the Dallas Arboretum Pumpkin Village where you absolutely have to see what they have done with over 75,000 pumpkins and squash!Now that's festive pumpkin decorating - Pumkin House

Stack pumpkins for a topiary, or carve faces in them for a Jack-o-Totem.stacked-pumpkin-topiary

Use their natural shape and some added features to bring them to life.gourd-birds-quirky-fall-decorating-with-pumpkins

Fall or Halloween owl decoration

If you have a giant pumpkin on your hands, then it can become the base for a Jack-o-Lantern-Man. Enough said.jack-o-lantern-man-aka-pumpkin-snowman-is-a-quirky-way-to-decorate-with-pumpkins

Or grab some paint and add pumpkin faces. They will be loved by kids of all ages and, as a bonus, you will have a captive audience for that short play or interpretive dance routine you have been working on.quirky-fall-decorating-with-pumpkins-with-these-painted-faces



Painted Pumpkin Faces - a super fun fall craft

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How to Make Jack-o-Planterns and how to make them last until Halloween!

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About the Author : Stephanie RoseAn artistic gardener aiming to feed the body & soul through an urban potager garden & a community veggie plot in Vancouver.View all posts by Stephanie Rose

  1. Kim
    KimSeptember 26,16

    Great ideas, Stephanie. We visited a pumpkin farm last week and it was so hot. I may go back when it cools down. I love these ideas.

    • Stephanie Rose
      Stephanie RoseSeptember 26,16

      It’s been a strange year! Some places it’s cool and fall-like and others are still in the heat! Enjoy the warmth and the pumpkin farm when you go back.

    • Stephanie Rose
      Stephanie RoseSeptember 26,16

      Thanks, Shirley! I do love to mix plants and pumpkins whenever I can :)

    • Stephanie Rose
      Stephanie RoseSeptember 26,16

      You are very welcome, Lidy. I can’t wait either. oh wait, the pumpkin hoarding has already begun!

  2. Susan
    SusanSeptember 26,16

    I pinned it! Thank you for your wonderful Autumn inspiration~

  3. Pamela
    PamelaSeptember 26,16

    Cute pumpkins displayed

  4. Christy @ Our Southern Home
    Christy @ Our Southern HomeSeptember 26,16

    What wonderful ideas! Thanks so much for the pumpkin inspiration!

  5. Julie
    JulieSeptember 26,16

    Such whimsy and fall fun! Thanks for the beautiful pumpkin pictures!

  6. Jennifer Rizzo
    Jennifer RizzoSeptember 26,16

    What a fun way to decorate!! I love doing that myself!!!

    • Stephanie Rose
      Stephanie RoseSeptember 26,16

      Thanks, Jen! I know you do…I saw your garden pumpkins today on the blog :)

  7. Kelly Wilkniss
    Kelly WilknissSeptember 26,16

    Love all these ideas Stephanie! I am crazy for pumpkins – now I have more ways to use & enjoy them!

  8. Cynthia Weber Design
    Cynthia Weber DesignSeptember 26,16

    You have inspired me to get going on some additional outdoor displays! Your ideas are so lovely!

  9. catherine brown
    catherine brownSeptember 26,16

    i pinned.

  10. Kristy Seibert
    Kristy SeibertSeptember 26,16

    everything is so beautiful! I love your blog. so fun to be joining the bhome bloggers fall blog hop!

  11. Lory at Designthusiasm
    Lory at DesignthusiasmSeptember 27,16

    What lovely and inspiring ideas for decorating with pumpkins!

  12. Ann
    AnnSeptember 27,16

    Creative and fun ideas! Thanks, I really enjoyed your post.

  13. Lisa Brown
    Lisa BrownSeptember 28,16

    so love the pumpkins!

  14. Sonya Morris
    Sonya MorrisSeptember 28,16

    I would love all of these pumpkins to decorate with! Okay, maybe not all of them but a lot of them!

  15. Kerryanne @ Shabby Art Boutique
    Kerryanne @ Shabby Art BoutiqueSeptember 29,16

    What a fun pumpkin filled post Stephanie. Lots of great inspiring ideas there!!
    We don’t do pumpkins for fall here in Australia like you do, but I wish we did.

  16. susan
    susanOctober 4,16

    What cute and fun ideas!

  17. Becky
    BeckyOctober 5,16

    I love these pumpkin idea–especially the pumpkins in the wheels! Thanks for linking up to Talk of the Town!

  18. Liz Jo
    Liz JoOctober 10,16

    All of these are great ideas! I can’t wait to decorate our porch with pumpkins!

  19. Nicole
    NicoleOctober 11,16

    There are so many ideas for decorating with pumpkins. I especially love the wagon wheel with pumpkins and the bird pumpkins. Pinned to my Pumpkin Decor board.
    Thank you for linking up at the #HomeMattersParty this week.

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